If you’re one of the 1.54 million people who watched the premiere of the second season of The Affair, on Showtime this past Sunday night, you’re probably as addicted to the show as I am. I hung on every word and action last season, and my addiction doesn’t show any signs of abating.
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For those of you who haven’t watched, let me give you a synopsis of the show:
A handsome English teacher and modestly successful author (Noah) is married to a pretty woman from a rich, and ubersnobby, family (her name is Helen, and her father is a successful author). She owns a gift boutique, upscale, of course. They live in a brownstone in Brooklyn (thanks to her parents’ moola) and have two sons and two daughters. At first, they appear to have a great sex life and a delightfully happy marriage.
The young family spends the summers at the rich parents’ palatial estate on Long Island (Montauk, to be exact), although the husband detests his in-laws (you would, too). At least, it gives him a chance to write his next novel. It also brings him something unexpected: An out-of-this-world physical attraction to a sexy, smart, local woman (Alison), who waitresses at a popular seafood restaurant (of course it’s seafood; this is a beach town.) Oh, she’s married, too, to a local rancher (Cole) They lost their only child, a young son, in a swimming accident. Alison is pretty depressed and Cole has thug-like tendencies, in more ways than one.
The attraction is so strong, and mutual, from the get go that Noah and Alison start The Affair. This is not just “an” affair. It’s “THE” AFFAIR. Their sex is otherwordly; their conversations are intense; their clandestine meetings are so well planned that no one, from either family, suspects a thing. Alison gives Noah what he has gotten little of from his wife or in-laws: Respect. And Noah gives Alison what she doesn’t get from Cole: Intelligence and gentleness. So sex isn’t the only thing they’ve got going for them. When the cat is let out of the proverbial bag (by none other than Noah and Alison, themselves), all hell breaks lose.
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I’ll stop giving the details here, but now I want to pose some questions. Your answers will be completely anonymous.
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